first_imgCrystal Palace 2 Everton 2: Niasse equaliser boosts Unsworth’s case Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 01:03 11/19/17 Oumar Niasse_cropped Alex Broadway/Getty Images Striker Oumar Niasse helped Everton pick up a point against the club he so nearly joined on transfer deadline day. Crystal Palace missed the chance to pick up three precious points as the Premier League’s bottom club were twice pegged back by Everton in an entertaining 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.All the goals came in the first half of a clash between two clubs stuck at the wrong end of the table, with David Unsworth’s hopes of getting the Everton job on a full-time basis boosted by a battling display on the road.James McArthur popped up at the right time to score the first after a mere 51 seconds, only for Leighton Baines to convert a controversial penalty inside six minutes and make it 1-1. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player After Wilfried Zaha tapped Palace back ahead, Roy Hodgson’s side presented Everton with a second equaliser, Oumar Niasse scoring against the club he so nearly joined before the last transfer deadline.The visitors improved in the second half but they were indebted to Palace substitute Christian Benteke for fluffing a glorious late chance to claim maximum points.4 – Wilfried Zaha has scored in four of his last five @premierleague games at Selhurst Park (four goals). Homely. — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 18, 2017 Ruben Loftus-Cheek was passed fit to start for the hosts and the midfielder – who came off in the first half of England’s 0-0 midweek draw with Brazil with a back problem – was influential in Palace’s opener.The on-loan Chelsea player cut easily inside international team-mate Michael Keane and although his curling effort was kept out by Jordan Pickford, McArthur reacted quickly to volley in the rebound.The home fans weren’t celebrating for long, however, as Niasse’s theatrical fall when feeling contact from Scott Dann’s outstretched arm convinced referee Anthony Taylor to point to the spot.Leighton Baines slammed the ball home to draw Everton level with his 20th Premier League penalty, moving him just two behind manager Unsworth’s record for a defender in the history of the competition.Still, Palace responded well to the disappointment of conceding a dubious equaliser.They produced the best move of the opening half to re-take the lead, Zaha on hand to provide the finish into an empty net after Joel Ward’s low cross had zipped off the sodden surface to evade the diving Pickford.Yet their hard work was undone by carelessness at the other end in first-half stoppage time, Speroni’s unnecessary pass putting Dann in trouble. Idrissa Gueye robbed possession from the ponderous centre-back and teed up Niasse for his fifth of the campaign.Speroni went some way to making amends for his part in the avoidable equaliser with a reactionary save after the break from Dominic Calvert-Lewin, one of two changes made by a clearly unimpressed Unsworth during the half-time interval.The introduction of Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies gave Everton some much-needed energy, albeit the latter was a little enthusiastic with a heavy tackle on Loftus-Cheek that resulted in a booking.Hodgson utilised his bench to send on the fit-again Benteke for the final 15 minutes, with the striker given a brief cameo after missing 10 games through injury.However, the Belgium international’s lack of recent action came back to bite Palace when he was played clean through by Zaha, his scuffed shot failing to even trouble Pickford as it bobbled wide of the target.Key Opta stats:- Palace have collected five points from their opening 12 Premier League games – only one team has ever survived relegation having won five points or fewer at this stage (Everton, 4 pts in 1994/95).- After failing to score in five of six home Premier League games between April and September, Palace have scored two or more goals in three consecutive top-flight home games for the first time since August 1991.- James McArthur’s goal after 51 seconds was Crystal Palace’s second fastest goal in Premier League history – only Dwight Gayle against Newcastle (31 seconds) in August 2014 was scored quicker; it was also the fastest PL goal scored so far this season.- Everton have conceded inside the opening minute of 10 different Premier League games – more than any other side in the competition’s history.- Oumar Niasse has scored more Premier League goals this season (5 in 7 games) than he managed in his previous two seasons combined (4 in 22). read morelast_img read more

first_imgOther Photogallery CategoriesIndiaMoviesLifestyleTelevisionAdd new comment Your name * E-mail * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Comment *More information about text formatsPlain textNo HTML tags allowed.Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.Lines and paragraphs break automatically.647×363: 483×271: 370×208: 170×96: 88×50: Section: PackagesWorld Cup 2019PhotoSportsSportsCricket World Cup 2019Gallery Image: Image: Credit/Source: AP PhotoCaption: Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 52 to take Sri Lanka to a modest total of 136 in 29.2 overs. (AP Photo)Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: AP PhotoCaption: Martin Guptill came out all guns blazing against Sri Lanka’s hapless new ball attack and scored 73 of 58 balls. (AP Photo)Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: AP PhotoCaption: Lockie Ferguson took three wickets to bowl out hapless Sri Lankans to a paltry total of 136 in New Zealand’s first match of World Cup 2019. (AP Photo)Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: Reuters PhotoCaption: Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro hit fifties as New Zealand chased 137 off just 16.1 overs. (Reuters Photo)Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: AP PhotoCaption: Matt Henry ran through Sri Lanka’s top order, and accounted for three important wickets of Thirimanne, Mendis and Perera. (AP Photo)Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Image: Credit/Source: AP PhotoCaption: Colin Munro scored a quickfire 58 of 47 balls to help New Zealand register their third 10-wicket win in World Cup history. (AP Photo)Syndication: SyndicationThumb Image: Enable: EnableOrder: 0Tags: World Cup 2019New ZealandMatt HenrySri LankaSource type: photogallerySocial media integration: Facebook Instant ArticleShort description: Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson combined with Martin Guptill and Colin Munro to set up a 10-wicket win for New Zealand in their opening World Cup 2019 match against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Saturday.Syndicate: YesPreview_unique_id: preview_5cf28c69083061559399529_1540374_editCommentContent Publish date: Saturday, June 1, 2019 – 19:30Story Extra Data: eyJzZWN0aW9uIjpbIjE3OTI2MjMiLCIxMjA4NTIxIiwiMTIwNjU1MCJdLCJjYXRlZ29yeSI6WyIxMjA4NTYxIiwiMTgwODEyNiIsIjE4MDY2NjEiXSwic3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX2NhdGVnb3J5IjpudWxsLCJzdWJfc3ViX3N1Yl9jYXRlZ29yeSI6bnVsbCwicHJpbWFyeV9jYXRlZ29yeSI6IjE4MDY2NjEifQ==770×433: Short Headline: World Cup 2019: New Zealand maul Sri Lanka by 10 wicketsApp headline: World Cup 2019: New Zealand maul Sri Lanka by 10 wicketslast_img read more

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaica and the United States of America have revised their Open Skies Air Transport Agreement to further strengthen the aviation partnership between the two countries and deepen commercial and economic ties. Jamaica and the United States of America have revised their Open Skies Air Transport Agreement to further strengthen the aviation partnership between the two countries and deepen commercial and economic ties.Under an amendment signed on Thursday (May 10), the Governments have agreed to allow all cargo airlines from their respective countries to continue to third country destinations without having to return home first.This amendment is expected to enhance business connectivity for Jamaica and the United States.Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, in his remarks at the signing ceremony at the Ministry’s Maxfield Avenue offices in St. Andrew, noted that air services agreements smooth the progress of international and commercial air transport between territories.He said Jamaica has signed such agreements with 29 countries and is actively pursuing alliance with various others.“Indeed, our desire for strengthened bilateral relationship between the United States and Jamaica is the basis for this amendment agreement today, and arose from negotiations at the 2017 International Conference on Air Services Negotiation held in Colombo, Sri Lanka,” he said.Minister Montague noted that air transport is a driver of growth, and the Government is continuously seeking ways to increase connectivity through the Open Skies Policy.The policy aims to encourage competition and expansion of international air services and provide an open environment that will encourage operations into Jamaica’s airports, facilitating the development of Jamaica’s international trade, investments, tourism and all sectors of air transport.It also provides liberalised criteria for designation and code-sharing among airlines, and the creation of balanced links and access with CARICOM and non-CARICOM carriers/operators.Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of the United States, Eric Khant, who signed on behalf of his Government, said that expanding open skies agreements is a key part of United States strategy for engagement in the Caribbean, creating an environment where greater growth-inducing commerce can take place.“Our aviation partnership with Jamaica has always been robust and mutually beneficial, so we (are) augmenting that partnership today,” he said.Mr. Khant said as the Government of Jamaica works to build the nation as an intermodal logistics hub, this amendment will attract many new air carriers to the market, allowing them to operate from Jamaica as they serve the region and beyond.He said several other countries in the region have already signed the agreement, including Barbados, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.“Overall, this amendment represents our strong and growing economic partnership that supports Jamaica’s economic reform agenda,” he said. Under an amendment signed on Thursday (May 10), the Governments have agreed to allow all cargo airlines from their respective countries to continue to third country destinations without having to return home first. Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, in his remarks at the signing ceremony at the Ministry’s Maxfield Avenue offices in St. Andrew, noted that air services agreements smooth the progress of international and commercial air transport between territories.last_img read more

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald praised Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement that the federal government will introduce legislation today, Dec. 13, to let voters choose Senate candidates. “This is positive. Nova Scotians want a more credible and effective Senate in Ottawa,” the premier said. “Our government has also taken steps to support term limits for senators. We have encouraged all Nova Scotia senators to support bill S-4.” Under that proposed legislation, senators would be restricted to terms of no longer than eight years. They currently can serve until mandatory retirement at age 75.last_img read more

first_imgPutting together an exhibit of mementoes from Justin Bieber’s formative years has become a scavenger hunt of sorts for museum staff in his hometown of Stratford, Ont.Over the past few weeks, the Stratford Perth Museum’s general manager John Kastner has been sniffing for clues on the whereabouts of a professional drum kit the pop superstar owned as a youngster. It seemed like the perfect centrepiece for “Steps to Stardom,” a Bieber showcase opening at the museum on Feb. 18.“Somebody said, ‘I have those drums.’ So, we reached out to that person — well, they weren’t the right drum set,” Kastner said.So he started working the phones and sent around a famous photo that ran in the local paper of a pre-teen Beebs banging on the drums his parents bought with money from a small fundraiser.The drums seemed lost forever until Kastner heard from someone in Barrie, Ont., who was storing them. They’re now slated to be part of the Bieber exhibit.It’s just one example of how the museum’s organizers have chased leads and waded through boxes hoping to collect a fulsome showcase of the pop superstar’s vibrant career. “Steps to Stardom” — named in reference to the young singer’s busking shows on the steps outside the local Avon Theatre — focuses on the upside to Bieber’s success and ignores his troubled days with the law.Fans will find an array of goodies like Bieber’s Grammy Award, microphones he’s used, his Stratford Warriors hockey jacket, and personal letters, including one from Michelle Obama. Kastner estimates the room, which is the second-largest gallery, is roughly 1,000 square feet.The exhibit was put together in co-operation with Bieber’s grandparents, Diane and Bruce Dale, who gave curators access to piles of boxes storing items from the performer’s childhood and career.Kastner said he had considered assembling a Bieber exhibit for a while. The idea came about when a conversation with John Till — a renowned Stratford-born studio musician who’s worked with the likes of Janis Joplin and Ronnie Hawkins — began talking about his own memorabilia.Till had brought the museum a few artifacts of his past, but told Kastner he was frustrated that a photo signed by the likes of Bob Dylan, David Crosby and Jimi Hendrix was lost to time.“I started to think about Justin Bieber and people like that,” Kastner said. “We can keep things for safe-keeping (here).”But serious plans didn’t begin to take shape until last summer when Conservative MP Peter Van Loan, the heritage critic for his party, visited the museum with his family and noted there wasn’t acknowledgment of Bieber’s impact on the city.He wasn’t the only person who asked about the superstar’s absence, Kastner said, but this time it was different.“This was a (former) cabinet minister,” he said. “That sort of stuck with me.”About six months ago, Kastner rung up Bieber’s grandparents who thought the idea was great. A few calls to the singer’s representatives and the museum had the greenlight.Kastner discovered Bieber’s grandparents held a veritable chamber of treasures from his past. They store nearly all of his award trophies in Stratford and have accumulated piles of hockey jerseys given to the singer by famous sports players and stadiums around the world, Kastner said.Before they knew it, the Bieber collection was bursting with potential objects — about 125 of them — that needed to be narrowed down to a manageable selection. Organizers plan to put between 50 and 75 pieces on display and will refresh the exhibit with new items as time passes.“For one concert tour he got a different pair of running shoes for every venue,” Kastner said.“So there’s a pair of running shoes for Melbourne, Australia and another pair of running shoes for Wembley Stadium.”Fans have already started calling about reserved tickets (there aren’t plans for any), though visitors who show up the first day will receive a limited-edition replica of Bieber’s backstage passes, Kastner said.Considering that Bieber’s childhood stomping grounds have been a highlight for many tourists to the small city for years, the museum expects a considerable turnout.In 2010, Stratford’s tourism board unveiled a downloadable “Bieber-iffic Map” highlighting 24 locations linked to the singer. It has proven so popular that printed copies will soon be available at the board’s office.Organizers hope “Steps to Stardom” will have a similar appeal to Bieber’s loyal fan base, but also draw more casual music fans.Kastner acknowledges some visitors will probably scoff at a pop star’s history being on display alongside more traditional artifacts, which include a history of the local fire department and a tribute to Stratford as a railway hub.Even if not everyone is ready to catch Bieber fever, he hopes they’ll understand why the museum thinks this exhibit makes sense.“You (must) tell this story if we’re going to be relevant and we’re going to be modern,” Kastner said.“I think it’s a job for museums to tell stories and this is a great story.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The government is planning a major overhaul of the definition of state-run companies where an entity will continue to qualify as public sector enterprise (PSE) even if the government holding falls below 51 per cent. Sources in the Department of Public Enterprises said the change in definition is being discussed with the Finance Ministry, and an announcement could be made by the new government. “There is a thinking that PSU definition should be maintained with government holding of, say, 40 per cent or 26 per cent in case of certain non-strategic entities. This will not only give flexibility to PSU boards in decision-making but also allow more room for the Centre to raise additional revenue from disinvestment,” said a top PSE official aware of the proposed changes. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalUnder the present definition, CPSEs are companies in which the direct holding of the central government or other CPSEs is 51 per cent or more. It can be brought down to, say, 40 per cent. It will still allow the Centre to be the largest shareholder especially in companies like NTPC, Powergrid, BHEL, where public shareholding is already very high. The changes will also facilitate consolidation among PSUs in different sectors. For example, the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) that has bought entire government equity in REC, now wants to merge the entity with itself. But this will bring down government shareholding in the merged entity to just about 42-43 per cent, taking the company outside the PSU-fold. If the threshold of the government holding is lowered, such consolidation will be promoted without companies fearing to lose their PSU character. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”This would be wonderful change that will allow PSU boards to be widely represented. The fear of a possible hostile takeover of companies with reduced government equity is also unfounded as the government with 40 per cent will still have substantial stake that can also rise if state/owned institutions, like LIC, also hold a sizeable share,” said an industry expert. The government is already taking steps to reduce its stake in various PSUs. In the case of banks, the aim is to first reduce government shareholding to about 52 per cent, and then further down. In others, this exercise can be pursued rapidly. Market regulator SEBI also wants PSUs to increase public float to at least 25 per cent. The government has surpassed the FY19 disinvestment target of Rs 80,000 crore by Rs 5,000 crore. It has set a conservative target of Rs 90,000 from disinvestment in FY20. If the PSU definition is changed, it would be easier for the government to mobilise funds even in a choppy market as PSUs could be asked to buy back government shares. If markets are good, higher number of government shares in PSUs can be offered at a premium.last_img read more

EDMONTON — Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta will again ease mandatory oil production cuts due to lower storage levels.The province says it will allow increased production by 25,000 barrels per day in April.This will be the second increase since December when the government ordered production of raw crude oil and bitumen to be cut by 325,000 barrels per day to deal with low prices.The first increase was on Jan. 30 when Notley announced the province would allow increased production by 75,000 barrels per day.READ MORE: Alberta to announce if it will impose oil production cutsThe government says oil storage levels are trending downward and the price difference between Alberta heavy oil and West Texas Intermediate remains narrow.The province also says warmer weather in spring could mean less diluent will be needed in pipelines, which helps oil flow easier.“As we fight to get full value for the resources owned by all Albertans, we know that our plan is working as we continue to reduce the amount of oil we have in storage,” Notley said Thursday in a release.READ MORE: Production cuts may not be sole culprit of falling crude shipments“The decision to temporarily limit production was applied fairly and equitably, and our plan is working to stop allowing our resource to be sold for pennies on the dollar.”Notley says the short-term production limit is not ideal or sustainable.She says that is why the province plans to move more oil by rail as Alberta fights for the long-term solution of building pipelines to new markets.The Canadian Press read more

WASHINGTON — Just last week, solid economic numbers appeared to be helping President Donald Trump’s reelection prospects.The United States had achieved its longest economic expansion. Stock prices were climbing. Job gains were steady. Consumers had scaled up spending. Growth was sturdy enough to presage a second term for a conventional president, according to election forecasts based on the economy.But Trump was not content to play it safe.He chose to magnify the trade war with China and almost instantly destabilized the economy in ways that could hurt his 2020 chances if the conflict persists.Stocks tanked in response to his planned 10% tax on $300 billion of Chinese imports. Retailers warned of price hikes. The value of the Chinese currency fell and the spillovers from that could weaken U.S. growth. For the first time after six days of sell-offs, investors on Tuesday were catching their breath to consider the uncertain path ahead from an inflamed trade war between the world’s two largest economies.Part of the challenge is that the president’s penchant for uncertainty — the opposite of what investors seek — makes it difficult to know just how much risk Trump is taking with an election 16 months from now. But what is clear is that the range of possible outcomes for the economy is greater than they were a week ago.“The more that you deepen or broaden this conflict, the greater the risk of misunderstandings, miscalculations and unintended consequences,” said Mike Ryan, chief investment officer at Americas for UBS Global Wealth Management.Among the many possibilities: Trump might be able to strong-arm China into a trade agreement that favours the United States; he might suffer politically if the tariffs hurt U.S. farmers, manufacturers and consumers; he might agree to a cursory deal and hope to ride a stock market rally to reelection; or, he could be setting up a global recession that could eventually engulf the United States.Larry Kudlow, director of the White House National Economic Council, provided little clarity Tuesday about the new tariffs that are to be implemented Sept. 1.The Trump administration already has a 25% tax on $250 billion worth of Chinese imports in addition to the upcoming tariffs. Kudlow told CNBC the tariffs “might get worse” if the trade talks scheduled for next month flounder or they might be delayed if progress is achieved.The president’s chief economic adviser acknowledged that China might simply try to endure the tariffs on the hopes that Trump loses in 2020 and the taxes are lifted by his Democratic successor.“China can wait, that’s up to them,” Kudlow said. “But I think they will continue to do great damage to their economy. The American economy is very strong. Theirs is not.”Increasingly, the administration’s actions on China are driven by the president himself, with Trump taking more control of the direction of the negotiations and retaliations.Trump, aides and advisers said, is caught between a desire to maintain the appearance of toughness toward China and the political and economic realities of an elongated trade war. While the president says that the Chinese economy is paying a steeper price than the United States, he is acutely aware of the political risks of a downturn.In recent weeks Trump has adopted a two-pronged message. He is insisting that China badly wants a deal, but he also is the one holding out for more on behalf of the American people, and he is claiming China is looking to wait-out his administration so he’ll keep increasing pressure. White House aides suggested that the diametrically opposite arguments reflected the twin audiences of the president’s public statements, namely Chinese negotiators and his political base.The reality, they said, is somewhere in the middle, with the president looking to find the quickest off-ramp from the trade war that doesn’t allow him to be portrayed as weak — competing priorities that may not be reconcilable in the short term.Nearly half of Americans, 47%, approve of how Trump has handled the economy, according to a June survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But tariffs, in particular, are a weakness for the president.Only 15% of those surveyed said the import taxes launched by Trump would personally help them. Just 19% believed tariffs would help their local community, and 26% said the tariffs would aid the entire U.S. economy, down from 40% in August 2018. The survey shows that Republicans are becoming skeptical that the president’s tariffs will improve the economy.Farmers have especially felt the brunt from the tariffs, as China has targeted U.S. agricultural exports as retaliation.Dave Daniels, a dairy farmer in Wisconsin who voted for the president in 2016, said the Trump administration has helped by offsetting the cost of lost exports to China. But he said it was “a little disappointing” that the president chose to escalate.“As long as they can keep talking I guess I am, I’m happy about that, but we’ll see what happens in the next few months,” he said.Election models based on the economy are bullish on Trump’s reelection. These models do not necessarily account for the president’s personality or his willingness to campaign on divisive cultural issues such as immigration, abortion and race.Yale University professor Ray Fair found that Democrats would only get 46.2% of the presidential vote based primarily on current economic conditions, down from the 48.2% that Democrat Hillary Clinton received in 2016.An economic model developed by investor Donald Luskin suggests that Trump would receive 340 electoral votes, significantly more than the 270 needed to win the presidency.But he cautioned that the new tariffs presented an “unlikely but credible nightmare scenario” in which China spiraled into a recession. That could then lead to a downturn in the United States and erode the president’s relative strength on the economy.“It’s not that we can’t take China down,” Luskin said. “It’s that we can’t take China down without taking ourselves down.”Josh Boak And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press read more

When the Blue Jackets get a man advantage at home, announcer Greg Murray gets the fans out of their seats with his signature booming exclamation, “Jackets on the power play!” This season, the fans might as well stay seated. The Jackets are ranked second-to-last in power-play percentage with a paltry 12.2 percent after 42 games. Coach Scott Arniel addressed the power-play concerns after a blowout loss late in the year. “We’re trying to get our guys to shoot,” Arniel said. “I’m not sure if we’re afraid of getting blocked or whatever it might be. We’re just going to have to try to stick with it and simplify, try to shoot pucks as much as possible with traffic around the front of the net.” The lack of shooting on power plays explains why the Jackets have only scored 19 power-play goals in 156 power-play opportunities so far this season. Jackets center R.J. Umberger said the better teams in the NHL have good power-play systems. “In this day and age, it’s very important,” Umberger said. “We’re trying to work on it every day, and we’re going over a lot of video. I think it’s going to take a lot of just getting simple and shooting more pucks.” Although the lack of goals is a concern, Jackets defenseman Anton Stralman said the Jackets’ propensity for giving up shorthanded goals is something else the team needs to work on. “It’s absolutely a concern. Obviously that’s not the way it should be,” Stralman said. “Our power play is not working right now.” Stralman echoed Umberger’s suggestion that the Jackets keep things simple. “We need to put pucks up by the net, get traffic out in front and hopefully get a few bounces on our side,” Stralman said. Two seasons ago, the Jackets were in a similar position. They made it to the postseason for the first time in franchise history, despite having the lowest power-play percentage in the league. The Detroit Red Wings then swept the Jackets in the first round. The similarities don’t end there. The Jackets started the season by jumping out to a 14-6 record, but have gone 6-13-3 since. Last season, the team started 12-6-2 before losing 16 of its next 19 games. Despite the team’s struggles, Umberger is convinced that this squad can turn it around. “I think this is a different team; we’re a lot more confident,” Umberger said. “We have young players that are developing and getting another year of experience, and we have a coaching staff that’s going to make us pay attention to details all throughout the year.” read more

It places a household in poverty if it has… The formula created by the Commission, chaired by Baroness Stroud, a former adviser to the Department of Work and Pensions, recommends factoring in the costs of childcare, disability, debt repayments and housing.  A report by the Social Metrics Commission, which has spent more than two years formulating a new measure, suggests that the number of pensioners who live below the poverty line is much smaller than previously thought.  It also takes into account cash savings, though not property or pensions which cannot be immediately accessed. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Half a million pensioners are “out of poverty” overnight under a new calculation that takes savings into account. read more

first_imgSource: GrouponIF YOU’VE EVER dreamed of spending your workdays high above the clouds and travelling all over the world as a member of an airline cabin crew, Groupon was targeting you last week.The were offering a cabin crew diploma at a whopping discount of 96% – dropping in price from €410.09 to just €19. The diploma consists of 24 modules which you can take online with a designated course tutor.Interestingly, the Groupon ad state that this is an “airline recognised course” so we thought we’d ask the two Irish airlines if this diploma would be enough to bag you a cabin crew job or if it would even give you a greater chance.A spokesperson for Ryanair kept it short and to the point:No. Ryanair only hires cabin crew from approved training schools, which are listed on our website.Some of the other requirements for the job include fluent English, being physically fit and being ready to “meet the challenge of dealing with people and demanding situations”.Aer Lingus never got back to us so there’s a very, very slight chance that if you bought this diploma, it would help you to join their cabin crew.Read: 8 key moments from the new Ryanair cabin crew calendar*>last_img read more

first_img Friday 10 Feb 2017, 7:59 AM By Murray Kinsella iTunes Android Short URL Share49 Tweet Email 24 Comments center_img THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT Donnacha Ryan that makes him ideal for dealing with adversity.This is a man who spent more than 11 months out of the game with what had initially seemed like a minor foot injury. Ryan recalls being asked, ‘How are you enjoying retirement?’ by more than one person during his lengthy spell on the sidelines. Ryan is back in the Ireland team this weekend. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOHe never wrote himself off and returned in March 2015 hungrier than ever.Back in 2013 as the Declan Kidney era was winding down, Ireland had a miserable Six Nations campaign, winning just once. Paul O’Connell was missing but Ryan stepped up and ferociously fought a losing battle, perhaps Ireland’s best player in the tournament.Even Ryan’s approach to dismantling opposition mauls is a microcosm of his steely determination and unwillingness to roll over.How Ireland could have used him on the pitch at Murrayfield last weekend as Scotland bossed the physical exchanges and out-worked Joe Schmidt’s team in the opening half. How valuable his lineout and maul skills would have been on a bad day in those areas.Instead, Ryan was in his suit in the stand, freshly showered after acting as 24th man in the warm up. With no injuries to Devin Toner, Iain Henderson and Ultan Dillane – all selected ahead of him – Ryan was surplus to requirements.When Ryan’s name was absent from the Ireland match day 23 last week, Schmidt pointed to a medial ligament injury the previous week as one of the reasons for the lock’s omission, but his presence as 24th man in Murrayfield showed he was fit to play.“It was just the way it is,” says Ryan. “Joe probably felt that with the way it was going, he probably felt I could offer the best cover as 24th man. That’s what I was asked to do.”Did he feel fit enough to start?“I suppose we’ll never know now. It doesn’t really matter. At the end of the day, from my point of view this week, just get on with it. I’m in great shape, so luckily I got the nod this week. Hopefully, I can put in a good performance.”It’s typical Ryan. He’s not going to even hint at bitching about being left out, but you sense that he will carry a bit of a chip onto his shoulder at Stadio Olimpico tomorrow against Italy, now that he has been restored to Ireland’s starting team. Ryan should help Ireland’s lineout hit top stride again. Source: James Crombie/INPHOBut the 33-year-old points out that he has been in this position before, and says he didn’t get too worked up about being left out against Scotland.“I’m more of a realist now. When you’ve been dropped so many times at this stage you’re not really… I am disappointed but you’re not as sour or, you know, you can be miserable about it, miserable around your family or you can be, ‘What’s the next positive thing I can do?’“No one wants to hang around with someone who’s feeling sorry for themselves. My point of view is to keep a positive outlook, keep training and keep getting better.“I know from the other end, you’ve got to be ready to get in there. At the end of the day, if you’re relying on emotions week-to-week, you wouldn’t be in a healthy state of mind.“You realise – never get too high, never get too low. When you are brought in, you can’t be going around bull-headed on the pitch. You still have a professional level of processes that you have to do when you hit the pitch, not let the emotional side of things override that.”Ryan points out that he did his best to have a positive influence for Ireland last weekend too, even if he wasn’t on the pitch. He was working with forwards coach Simon Easterby to ensure lineout caller Devin Toner was being fed accurate information.“Looking on from the sideline, you’re obviously itching to get out there playing but to be honest, I’m up there trying to give as much analysis and information to Simon at half time to help Dev.“That’s the way we operate as a team. Even if one guy isn’t in there, there is no point feeling sorry for yourself. You’re asking yourself, ‘How can I positively contribute to making life easier for the lads?” Because at the end of the day, we want us to win.”With Ryan back in the team, many will be confident of Ireland securing that win in Rome in a convincing fashion. Ryan is playing some of his best rugby ever. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandWhatever he says himself, the Tipp man is a leader in this squad.“I would probably be more action-based. I’d help as many of the young lads as much as possible. I get a good buzz out of it even if I’m not involved. The thing that picks me up is trying to help lads along with anything I might see.“I focus on what I can control, I wouldn’t be going in shooting my mouth off. There are fantastic leaders there. I would prefer it to be more action-based leadership than anything else. If anything practical needs to be said, I will say it.”Head down and on with the job.Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: ‘I’m more of a realist now’ – Ryan returns to lead Ireland with his actions The 33-year-old was left out last weekend in Edinburgh but is back for the Italy clash. 18,235 Views Park it! ‘We made mistakes on the pitch, nothing to do with the bus’The good, the bad, and 2007: Ireland’s recent ups and downs against Italy Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Feb 10th 2017, 7:59 AM last_img read more

first_img Did Ronda Rousey Break Alexa Bliss’ Nose? Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Officially Not Wrestling At Evolution During last night’s RAW in Milwaukee, Alexa Bliss was given a new authority role by the current RAW Acting General Manager Baron Corbin.Bliss, who has been out of action in recent months, will now be overseeing the entire RAW women’s division going forward on the brand.Excerpt courtesy of Mike Tedesco’s live RAW recap:Baron Corbin is yelling at a stagehand for turning the lights off for Elias. Corbin fires him. Alexa Bliss then walks up to him and says Corbin was very impressive. Bliss says she thinks Corbin is doing an amazing job. If she can help, all he has to do is ask. Corbin says he has a ton on his plate. She played a vital role as captain of the Survivor Series team. Corbin puts her in charge of the entire Women’s Division. Corbin says she looks good and he looks good. It’s simple. They shake hands.New team set for Mixed Match ChallengeWWE has confirmed that Curt Hawkins will be replacing Braun Strowman in the Mixed Match Challenge tournament, teaming with Ember Moon.Strowman was forced to pull out of the tournament as he is currently suffering from bone spurs in his elbow. He was scheduled for surgery yesterday in Alabama.WWE uploaded this interview with Hawkins last night. Videos Articles Sasha Banks Gets Cagey When Asked About Feud With Alexa Bliss Trish Stratus Google+ Videos Articles WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Alexa Bliss Reportedly Injured Facebook Twitter Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Alexa Bliss Injury Update Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipAlexa Bliss Reportedly InjuredVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Pinterest Ronda Rousey Alexa Bliss Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Baron Corbin advances to the Finals of the King of the Ring tournament this Sundaylast_img read more

first_imgA licensed massage therapist in Battle Ground was arrested Monday for allegedly touching two women in a sexual manner while they received massages.Battle Ground police arrested Eddie D. Anzalone, 47, on suspicion of second-degree rape and indecent liberties. Until recently, Anzalone was an employee at Opdahl Chiropractic and Massage, 105 N. Parkway Ave. His employment at the clinic ended March 1, according to a police press release.Police began investigating Anzalone earlier this month after two women reported that he inappropriately touched them while they were receiving massage treatments for injuries in February at the clinic.“Both women reported the behavior to the clinic owner who has complied with all reporting requirements and is fully cooperating with the investigation,” the press release states.Anzalone was booked Monday morning at the Clark County Jail. The charges have been forwarded to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.Anyone with information that may assist in the police investigation should contact Sgt. Jason Perdue at or by phone at 360-342-5241.last_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Big changes are in store for parents and students hoping to take advantage of back to school, tax free weekend.“Merchandise under $60 is tax free as well as school supplies under $15,” said Madelyn Bello Calvar of Dolphin Mall, “so that incentivizes customers to come out during the weekend to do back to school shopping.”At Dolphin Mall, merchants are gearing up for an especially busy weekend of shoppers turning out with students of all ages in mind. “We’re just expecting a great weekend of a lot of sales and promotions that our stores are offering our customers,” Bello Calvar said.Dacus Elcock said she’s always looking for deals when shopping for her kids. “I look all the time for deals,” she said. “Oh, it’s very expensive. Clothes, shoes, any deals, anything we can find good deals on.”Wal-Mart is working to make the process more convenient for shoppers as well. “We have the list from schools nearby – the local schools – so it’s going to be easier for customers when they come into the store, they can grab the school list,” said Wal-Mart Assistant Manager Jorge Mastrata.Most of the popular items will be located in an easily accessible section in the store. “We have set our biggest section for back to school and back to college in the garden center area,” Mastrata said. “It’s going to be easier for customers to shop around and to get the merchandise. We have registers on the side for a faster shopping experience.”Some shoppers only wished the tax-free period was longer. “It’s wonderful, it’s wonderful. It should be a tax-free week, not weekend” said Elsa Vasquez. Other shoppers are disappointed in rules for 2016’s tax free season. It’s the tightest since 2010 and the lowest of any of the 17 states participating in a sales tax holiday, so instead of waiting for the weekend, some are doing their shopping now. “I prefer coming during the week to avoid crowds,” said Christelle Minot.Mother of three Ida Arias echoed Minot’s sentiments. “There are so many restrictions this year, it really doesn’t make it worth it to save two or three dollars,” Arias said.Arias said cutting the tax free shopping period from 10 days to two, reducing the spending limits from $100 to $60, and removing computers and technology accessories from eligibility is disappointing. “How it was last year was perfect,” she said. “I had more days to shop. With three kids and extracurriculars, it’s not much easy to always make it to the store. I had more time to shop, and I saved much more money.”You can find guidelines and a list of eligible items by going to: 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgIslamic State has released a video of the terror squad responsible for the Easter Sunday massacre.Days and even hours before the serial blasts that rocked Sri Lanka during Sunday’s Easter celebrations, Indian intelligence agencies had shared the names of at least six Islamic State terrorists with the island nation. Besides, Sri Lanka was also warned about Easter attack mastermind Zahran Hashim whose audio clips and videos were seized by Tamil Nadu police last year.India had reportedly warned Sri Lanka that ISIS was trying to influence the youth with the radical Islamic ideology and establish the Khalifah (Islamic rule) there. There were credible inputs with the Tamil Nadu police that the ISIS terrorists were even planning to murder some prominent South Indian leaders. The police had subsequently arrested six terror suspects who had formed the ISIS module in Tamil Nadu named Mohamed Ashiq A, Ismail S, Samsudeen, Mohammed Salauddin S, Jafar Shadik Ali and Shahul Hameed. Their names and adresses were reportedly also shared with the Sri Lanka police.The details were shared with Colombo two days and even two hours before the attacks, intelligence officials told Economic Times, adding that it was highly regrettable that Sri Lanka didn’t act. According to the intelligence officials, the ISIS terrorists in India were also in touch with Easter attack mastermind Zahran Hashim and there is a possibility that they were aware of the suicide bombings beforehand.The ISIS terrorists were active on social media and were propagating the radical Islamic ideology among the youth and hate against prominent Hindu leaders in India as well.The videos seized from these youth showed Zahran Hashim lecturing youth from Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka to establish Islamic rule in the region. In a video released by the ISIS-owned news agency, Amaq, around eight terrorists appeared with seven of them masked who claimed the responsibility of the Easter blasts. The man standing with his face uncovered in the middle was Zahran Hashim, who is also suspected to be one of the suicide bombers.Anger grows in Sri Lanka over intelligence failureAnger is brewing on the streets of Sri Lanka over the alleged intelligence failure of the police and the government especially when they had been warned beforehand about a probable terror attack. Although Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena have maintained that they were not aware of any prior information about the terrorist attacks, Sri Lanka’s police officials had issued an alert. Due to the relatively peaceful past and little known impact of the suspect terror group, National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), there were not enough security arrangements in place especially during the mammoth gathering on Sunday’s Easter celebrations.This made it possible for the terrorists to strike various high-end hotels and churches across the country in a matter of a few hours killing 390 people.last_img read more

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoFormer prime minister Khaleda Zia, returned home on Wednesday to a rapturous welcome from her supporters after more than three months away for medical treatment in Britain.Bangladeshi politics has been mired for years in rivalry between Khaleda Zia and prime minister Sheikh Hasina, and Khaleda’s return could herald an increase in political activity in preparation for a general election due by the end of next year.Both women are related to former national leaders, and they have alternated as prime minister for years.In Khaleda’s absence, at least two arrest warrants were issued against her in connection with political turbulence and she was already on bail over several cases.Read More: Khaleda complains of govt attempt to manipulate her trialHer lawyers have dismissed the cases as harassment but a spokesman for her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Mohammad Shamsuddin, said she might appear in court on Thursday in connection with the cases.Mohammad Shahidul Huq, inspector general of police, told reporters he had no instructions to arrest her.Hundreds of party supporters waving placards and banners gathered outside the international airport in the capital, Dhaka, to welcome her home.Bangladesh is struggling to cope with an influx of more than half a million Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar since late August and the crisis could become a divisive issue in the run-up to the election.last_img read more

first_imgRAB members carrying body of a suspected militants after the Nakhalpara militant hideout raid in Dhaka on Friday. File photoA case was filed over Friday’s raid on a militant hideout at West Nakhalpara in the city, reports news agency UNB.Sources at the RAB headquarters said the case was lodged with Tejgaon Police Station under Anti-Terrorism Act 2009 on Saturday.On Friday, members of the elite force cordoned off the militant hideout located at 13/1’Rubi Vila’, a six-storey building.At one stage, the militants opened fire and hurled a grenade targeting the RAB personnel, said Mufti Mahmud Khan, Director (Legal and media wing) of Rab, adding that the Rab men also fired back in retaliation.During the exchange of gunshots, three militants were killed and two RAB men sustained injuries.last_img read more

first_imgBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe BNP’s senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday advocated harsher programmes to ensure release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia.Such programmes, he said, will also force the Awami League government to hold the next polls under a non-party government, reports UNB.”It’s not possible to have Khaleda Zia freed from jail with soft and peaceful programmes. So, we must gradually take harsher programmes,” he told an iftar-cum-discussion programme.Rajshahi University Nationalist ex-Students Association (Runesa) arranged the programme at the BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.Moudud, a standing committee member of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) also said the opposition’s peaceful demonstration will turn into a decisive movement in due time to compel the government to come to a negotiation table, and hold the next election under a non-party caretaker government.He mentioned that many people ridicule the BNP leaders saying there will be no use of taking soft and peaceful programmes. “They’re (people) right. But we need to wait for the right time. When the time will come, we’ll surely work out proper and harder programmes to realise our demands,” he added.The BNP leader said the opposition party now has three-point agenda — freeing Khaleda from jail, expanding the 20-party alliance involving more democratic parties and people with it and intensifying the movement with tougher programmes.He said they are making their best efforts and will continue to do so in the future to release Khaleda from jail through a legal battle. “But, our lower judiciary is now completely under government control.””Though it may take time, Khaleda Zia must return to us from jail. The government will try to prolong her stay in jail by resorting to various tricks and controlling the lower court,” he observed.Moudud alleged that the lower court judges now cannot work independently due to political influence and undue pressure by the executive branch.last_img read more

first_imgBy AFRO StaffIt is a well worn refrain heard during almost every election cycle: `This is the most consequential election of our lifetime.’ But, this time we side with former President Barack Obama, who made the claim during a Democratic rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 22, when he said this election is, “more important than any in my lifetime.” Indeed, this is perhaps the most important midterm election in U.S. history, because it can serve as a desperately needed check on a president who seems to grow more erratic and potentially dangerous each day. Donald John Trump has already told more than 5,000 lies in under two years in office according to the Washington Post. And in recent days although it may seem implausible, the Trump lies have been coming even more fast and furious; from totally made up claims that there are “Middle Eastern” people in the midst of a caravan of mostly Hondurans fleeing persecution and violence en route to the United States, to Trump’s absurd claim that Democrats will “buy cars for illegal immigrants,” to the lie that billionaire George Soros is funding the Central American exodus to the United States.Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous. (AP Photo)Record early voting turnout in states like Texas, Georgia and Florida, in which three of the most hotly contested races are for U.S. Senate (O’Rourke v. Cruz), governor (Abrams v. Kemp) and governor (Gillum v. DeSantis), respectively, may indicate enthusiasm is high amongst Republicans and Democrats. The message for this midterm could not be more simple, it transcends all policy debates; vote.Ben Jealous For GovernorBen Jealous began his career in journalism as a reporter for the legendary Black newspaper, the Jackson Advocate. He later became the Advocate’s managing editor, a newspaper located in Jackson, Miss., that had literally been firebombed dozens of times by White supremacists who wanted to quell its voice forever. Jealous moved on to become the director of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), an organization that presides over about 200 Black newspapers around the country and promotes the advocacy mission of the Black Press.In 2008, at age 35, Jealous became the youngest president of the NAACP (after a ferocious battle for that position) taking the chair formerly occupied by Kweisi Mfume. During his time at the NAACP, Jealous championed voter registration, among a myriad of other issues, which resulted in the registration of hundreds of thousands of Americans.The unifying theme that has run through several chapters in Jealous’ journey is fierce advocacy for disenfranchised communities. In Trump’s America, Brown babies are locked in cages, Black athletes are demonized for peacefully protesting police brutality, women who allege sexual abuse are cast aside and called liars and more than a million transgender Americans face the possibility that the term “transgender” could be defined out of existence.If there has ever been a time when American governance needs leaders who will champion the cause of disenfranchised people, not just on the national level, but throughout every region of this nation, that time is now. Jealous is that kind of leader.We acknowledge the popularity of Gov. Larry Hogan throughout the state, including huge swaths of the Black community. Hogan claims he has invested more money in Baltimore City than his Democratic predecessor Martin O’Malley. Hogan also says under his administration there has been more money invested in Baltimore City Public Schools than during O’Malley’s reign. But, Hogan’s detractors would argue blight and violence have seemingly thrived unabated in Baltimore and many of the city’s school children don’t have sufficient heat in the winter, no air conditioning in the summer and still can’t drink from lead contaminated water fountains. Hogan also seems willing to be content with kicking the can down the road regarding the still unresolved HBCU lawsuit against the State of Maryland.Jealous has run far from a flawless campaign in attempting to articulate his progressive vision for Maryland; on the contrary his many gaffes (including the dropping of an F-bomb on the campaign trail) have been unsettling.However, Jealous’ progressive policy prescriptions are needed across much of the state, not just in Baltimore City. There are many rural areas in Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore, where lack of affordable healthcare and the exploding opioid crisis are wreaking havoc throughout many Maryland communities, which are Hogan strongholds.Maryland needs strong progressive leadership, along with the rest of the country in this time of national emergency with an increasingly lawless president occupying the White House.The AFRO endorses Ben Jealous for governor of Maryland.last_img